Aallyah Wright, Stateline | Civil Eats


Aallyah Wright reports on rural affairs and leads race and equity coverage for Stateline. Previously, Aallyah worked for Mississippi Today, a digital nonprofit newsroom covering K-12 education and government in the Mississippi Delta—her home region. As a member of the Delta Bureau, she investigated Mississippi’s teacher shortage, finding it was six times worse than in 1998 when the Mississippi legislature passed a bill to alleviate the crisis. She is a 2020 Mississippi Humanities Council Preserver of Mississippi Culture Award Recipient, 2019 StoryWorks Theater Fellow, and 2018 Educating Children in Mississippi Fellow at the Hechinger Report. Wright graduated from Delta State University with a bachelor’s in journalism and minors in communication and theater.

Surviving Small Restaurants Push Forward as Pandemic Ebbs

Leland, Miss., natives Lisa and Cedric Bush smile this month inside their newly opened restaurant, Bush’s Kountry Cafe, formerly the Leland Café. Over the past two years, restaurants have struggled to stay afloat, but some states have passed measures to help them survive. (Photo credit: Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts)